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Google Launches Android Experiments Website To Highlight Innovative Projects On Android

Android offers developers a great deal of freedom to experiment with apps and come up with (maybe) the next big thing. Now Google has launched a website where it plans to show off some of the most interesting projects on Android. It's called Android Experiments and there are already 20 apps and demos to check out.

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Card Crawl Mixes Solitaire And Monster Fighting For A Charming And Strategic Indie Experience

Solitaire and sword-and-sorcery fantasy wouldn't seem like an obvious combination, but the rookie Android game from Arnold Rauers does just that. Card Crawl has you facing a giant troll in an oddball card game, mixing elements of solitaire, battle card games like Magic the Gathering, and roguelike dungeon crawlers. It's an interesting little game that lends itself towards more strategy than might be immediately apparent.

Here's the gist: your opponent is the "deck," and he gives you 54 random cards three at a time.

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Rite Aid Will Officially Accept Google Wallet, And Eventually Android Pay, Starting August 15th

The idea of paying using your phone may be exciting, but that's all it will ever be until more stores start playing along. Today Rite Aid announced that you will soon be able to add its nearly 4600 stores to the list. Starting August 15th, it will accept Google Wallet NFC payments in stores. It will also take tap and pay credit cards.

That's right, it'll be like you're shopping at Walgreens.

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19 New And Notable (And 1 WTF) Android Apps From The Last 2 Weeks (7/28/15 - 8/10/15)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Classic Educational Puzzle Game Zoombinis Comes To Android After A Successful Kickstarter Campaign

Ah, the 90s, when computers were only good for Word Perfect, Minesweeper, and whatever "edutainment" software the school had budgeted for this year. One of the standouts among some pretty decent educational games was Logical Journey of the Zoombinis, a series of puzzles centering around the titular tiny Smurf-like critters. If you have fond memories of that game, or later entries in the series, mosey on over to the Play Store. A new and updated version is now available for download.

This remake of the original game, now simply titled "Zoombinis," follows a successful revival of the series on Kickstarter.

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[Bonus Round] Avion Flight Simulator, Oddwings Escape, Down The Mountain, Rockstars of Ooo, And Little Raiders Robin's Revenge

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a super-realistic flight simulator, a super-unrealistic duck simulator, another Q*bert-style climber, an Adventure Time rhythm game, and an action-RPG from Ubisoft. Without further ado:

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Avion Flight Simulator ™ 2015

You wouldn't think that many developers would be champing at the bit to do a realistic flight simulator on a mobile platform, but it's slowly becoming an established niche on Android.

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 172: Ice Cream Manwich

Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. To catch us live on Hangouts On Air every Thursday at 5:30PM PST (subject to change as per the calendar widget below), just head over to androidpolice.com/podcast. For the unedited video show, click here. As always, we'll take your questions at 530-HELLO-AP and also at our email address: podcast at androidpolice dot com.

On this week's episode: we continue our Android History series with 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich. We also discuss the Android M Preview 3 delay, Sony's mobile troubles, a Snapdragon 820 leak, and more!

This week's Android Police Podcast is brought to you by Simple online banking.

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GLTCH Is A Modern Take On Pac-Man That Constantly Tries To Screw With You While You Play It

Remember that one bit in Metal Gear Solid where the boss starts to mess with you, the player, and for a few minutes you wonder if A) the game is broken or B) you've actually gone insane trying to follow a Hideo Kojima plotline? GLTCH is that experience, boiled down to its essentials and turned into a mobile game.

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The mechanics of the title are laughably simple: you travel around a TRON-inspired 2D grid grabbing points like a postmodern Pac-Man. Grab the blue stuff, avoid the red stuff - pretty basic. Powerups will let you clear the field, increase your speed, or go invincible.

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Video: Google And MIT Have Created A Way To Remove Reflections, Fences, And Other Annoying Obstructions From Photos

If there's one thing we've learned from Google's various camera and photo products lately, it's that the company is focusing on using some pretty crazy technology to make your image-capture and sharing experience more automagical. Next on Google's list? Annoying reflections and foreground obstructions that make your pictures kind of terrible. Specifically, things like cyclone fences and reflections in windows or other glass. Basically, it's best to just visualize it.

Google and MIT teamed up on this technology, and they'll present a paper on it at the Siggraph 2015 conference this month. Here's a closer look at the process on a panorama photo.

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[Update: Coming August 27th] Square Enix Announces Adventure-Puzzler Lara Croft GO, Coming Later This Year

The once proud Tomb Raider franchise has been somewhat exploited in recent years with releases like Lara Croft Relic Run. There's the classic Tomb Raider game on Android now, but in the near future you might have another option for not-terrible Tomb Raider gaming with Lara Croft GO.

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